Glenrothes 1974 Private Collection

Glenrothes 1974 Private Collection (49.5%, Gordon & MacPhail, Refill Sherry Puncheon #18440, 276 Bottles, 2018)

  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Glenrothes distillery
  • Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Private Collection 2018
  • ABV: 49.5%
  • Cost: £1250

Gordon & MacPhail launch Private Collection Glenrothes 1974 - pack shot - HRfE

What they say

The second ‘Private Collection’ release dates back to 1974 when a refill Sherry puncheon was filled at Glenrothes Distillery in Speyside. The rich, mahogany whisky has an ABV of 49.5% and retails at £1,250* (RRP).

Official tasting notes:

  • Aroma Complex; aromas of sherry soaked fruitcake filled with stewed sultanas mingle with sticky medjool dates. Dark chocolate and citrus peel notes develop; a gentle woodiness with a delicate herbal edge comes to the fore.
  • Taste Elegant, smooth, and sweet; subtle cinnamon and nutmeg flavours balance the mature oak and sherry influences. Notes of fruit and nut chocolate, toasted walnut, and hints of raisin emerge and evolve into zesty citrus. Salted toffee develops towards the end.
  • Finish A modest, medium sweet finish fades; hints of charred oak and chocolate remain.

What I say

Announcing the launch of their re-branded Private Collection, Gordon & MacPhail lead with this 1985 Inverleven & 1974 Glenrothes editions.

Distilled in 1974 at Glenrothes distillery and filled into a refill sherry puncheon supplied by Gordon & MacPhail. This has spent 44 years maturing before being bottled at 49.5% ABV, producing just 276 bottles at outturn.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Old Amontillado (16/20), medium-fine, well-defined tears leave long, finer legs.
  • Nose: Molten dark chocolate and butter in a pan on the stove, red, dark and dried fruits, cherry, raisin, date, lightly spiced fruitcake or fruited maltloaf, treacle toffee, something a little floral adds to rich dark chocolate.
  • Taste: Silken on the palate, polished highland butter toffee and treacle toffee, chocolate-coated, sherry or brandy soaked fruitcake, there is a walnut wood veneer and some brittle dark chocolate before herbal and a little tannic old wood rapidly takes hold.
  • Finish: Long, chocolatey texture but sharp and sour oak wood, coffee grinds, resinous and a little charred wood and over caramelised sugar becomes ascerbic – blackjacks.


A delicious nose and initial palate on this old Glenrothes before the sherry wood really takes over, a shame really as if it reserved a little body and sweetness throughout this could be an amazing dram.

Score 87/100

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